Alfred M. Rotondaro, Chair
Fred Rotondaro is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. where he concentrates on issues of poverty and race. Before joining the Center, he served for 22 years as the Executive Director of the National Italian American Foundation. He has been a journalist, university professor, and Executive Director of the York County, Pa., anti-poverty agency. Fred is a board member of the Washington, DC Urban League, the International Review of African American Art, the national Colonial Farm, the Faith and Public Policy Institute and the advisory council of the Arab American Institute. Fred earned a B.S in English and philosophy from the University of Scranton, an MA in English from Creighton University and a Ph.D in American studies from New York University. He also received an honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Wheeling College.
William J. Byron
University Professor, St. Joseph's College
Rev. William J. Byron, S.J., a priest of the Society of Jesus, was the 12th president of The Catholic University of America as well as the president of the University of Scranton. From 2003-2004, Byron was also interim president of Loyola University New Orleans. Fr. Byron has recently accepted the position of president at Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, from which he himself graduated in 1945. He is also a research professor in the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola College in Maryland. Entering the Society of Jesus in 1950, he was ordained in 1961. In 1969, he received a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland.
Broderick Johnson is the head of the Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Group for Bryan Cave Strategies, LLC. Mr. Johnson began his legal career in 1983 when he was appointed assistant counsel in the House of Representatives' Office of Legislative Counsel. There he drafted such landmark legislation as the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Mr. Johnson serves on the boards of directors of several philanthropic and academic entities and has co-founded or served as president of several child advocacy organizations.
Edward J. McElroy
Edward McElroy, longtime educator and labor leader, is president emeritus of the more than 1.4-million-member American Federation of Teachers, having served as its president from 2004-2008. Prior to his election as a president, McElroy served 12 years as AFT secretary-treasurer. He joined the AFT executive council in 1974 and was re-elected as a vice president every two years until his election as secretary-treasurer. McElroy began his career as a social studies and English teacher in Warwick, R.I., and was elected president of the Warwick Teachers Union, Local 915, in 1967. McElroy is a graduate of Providence College. He resides in Washington, D.C.
Benjamin Palumbo is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA and MA in Political Science. During his distinguished career, he has served as: Assistant to Governor Richard J. Hughes of N.J.; Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Harrison A. Williams of N.J.; President of U.S. Senate Association of Administrative Assistants; Co-Founder of Senate Staff organization known as The Chairmen’s Representatives; National Campaign Director, Senator Lloyd Bentsen for President; Staff Director of the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives; and founder of consulting firm, Palumbo & Cerrell. He is the past President of Rutgers Alumni Association of DC and is/has been a board member of: the National Italian American Foundation, Children of God Relief Fund, Brady Campaign, Catholics United, National Press Club, Washington Caucus, and the National Democratic Club.
Vinson & Elkins LLP
At Vinson & Elkins LLP, Mark Tuohey concentrates his practice in complex civil and criminal litigation, internal corporate investigations and compliance programs. In addition, Mr. Tuohey is involved in alternative dispute resolution matters including arbitration and mediation, in the United States and abroad. He represents clients in a variety of national and international investigations and litigation matters. In 1998 and 1999, he acted as Special Counsel to the District of Columbia Council and conducted special investigations of the Metropolitan Police Department; he has also served as a Special Counsel to the D.C. Council on Anti-Terrorism Preparedness. January 2004, the Mayor of the District of Columbia named him as the Chair of the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission. Mr. Tuohey served as an advisor to the Independent Commission on Policing For Northern Ireland, and he has served as a legal advisor to the office of the Attorney General of Ireland on various matters.
Agnes N. Williams is a graduate of the College of New Rochelle and Georgetown University Law Center. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University, the Woodstock Theological Center and the Federal Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. She is also a former trustee of the College of the Holy Cross, the College of New Rochelle and Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. Currently she serves on the Board of Advisors of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy.